Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, says he almost quit referee due to racial allegations leveled against him by former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi.
During the Blues’ 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League at the Stamford Bridge in October 2012, Mikel Obi’s teammate at the time, Ramires, claimed he heard a racist slur aimed at the Nigerian from Clattenburg.
Clattenburg had sent off two Chelsea players Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres and the officials missed an offside for United’s winning goal.
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In his new autobiography, Whistle-Blower, published in Dailymail, he wrote: “Chelsea made a formal complaint to the FA three days after the game. They were saying I had racially abused Mikel and for the first time, I was made aware of the specifics of their accusation, which was also leaked to the press.
“According to Chelsea, I had said to Mikel, ‘Shut up, you monkey.’ The language disgusted me, it was damaging and fictitious.
“Twenty-five days after the game, the FA dismissed the case. I was not guilty, something I had known all along.”